Shanghai is not only China’s most populous city, it’s also home to some of the countries biggest shopping malls. Whether you’re looking for Chinese brand items, budget shopping, upscale designer labels, cafes, restaurants or just a place to spend a couple of hours, these best Shanghai shopping malls are sure to please.
Raffles City – One of the most popular shopping malls in Shanghai for the young and trendy is Raffles City. This eight storey shopping mall is close to the People’s Square metro station and also easily accessible by bus, just check their website for buses you can take. Its designed in the Singapore style and features a nice mix of Chinese shops and international brands.
At Raffles City, you’ll find hundreds of shops selling youth-oriented items – everything from shoes, t shirts, skirts and bags, to skateboarding clothing, rock musician paraphernalia, DVDs, CDs, electronics, books, sporting goods and more. There’s also a nice selection of international stores like Agnes B. and Adidas, Elle Homme and Calvin Klein.
On the fifth floor there’s a wonderful food court with an incredible view over People’s Park, or if you want to eat in a restaurant or cafe, there’s Bread Talk, Papa John’s, Pankoo, and lots of Chinese restaurants to choose from.
Super Brand Mall, Shangahi – One of Shanghai’s oldest malls, it’s still one of the best, evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of people who visit it every day. Located in Pudong’s Lujiazui Area, Super Brand Mall has 13 floors and hundreds of shops, including 70 restaurants and cafes.
At Super Brand Mall, you’ll see stores such as Benetton, Quicksilver, Esprit, Mango, Crocs, ThaiLife and a myriad of Chinese brand stores too. There’s also Stellar Cinema City, where you can see movies in both English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) or, if you feel like having some fun, visit Tom’s World, one of the world’s biggest indoor theme parks.
Super Brand Mall is just a couple of minutes walk from 1 & 2 subway line and 10 minutes from the Dong Chang Road ferry.
Grand Gateway Plaza Mall – Grand Gateway Plaza Mall has six storeys of shops, and one basement level shopping area. It’s right on top of the Xujiahui subway entrance, so easy to get to.
The mall has hundreds of shops including DKNY, Coach, Nike, Benetton Kids, Longchamp and Belle, as well as 31 restaurants and cafes and an 11-screen movie theater. Dining and coffee venues include coffee shops, fruit bars, Chinese teahouses, and western-style restaurants. There’s also a large supermarket, several banks and bookstores and an excellent food court area.
Grand Gateway Plaza Mall is one of the most visited malls in Shanghai, particularly at night, when it’s all lit up and simply beautiful.
Shanghai Summit Shopping Center – One of the newest malls in Shanghai, Shanghai Summit Shopping Center, also known as Cloud 9, is near Zhongshan Park and next to the Renaissance Hotel.
Home to many International, Chinese and other Asia brands, at Shanghai Summit you’ll find sporting goods, clothing, DVDs and CDs, books, shoes, home stores and more. There’s an excellent C&A (the British store), an H&M, Levis, and a Bennetton store. Weirdly, they even have a McKids clothing store. Yes, McDonald’s is now selling children’s clothes.
Shanghai Summit Shopping Center, or Cloud 9 Mall, also has a large Carrefour supermarket and megastore in the basement; perfect for doing the weekly shop.
Raffles City Shanghai
Super Brand Mall
Grand Gateway Plaza Mall